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Microsoft - LifeCam VX-3000

Model: VX-3000SKU: 7831563

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 60 reviews

67%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Bulky, Yet Decent Webcam.

    Posted
    TechSushi

    Overall it is a well built webcam, and colors are vivid when there is light, and quick installation. Price tag may not be worth the price, but its worth it when its on sale. Video: It was quite stunned when I made transition from my cheap generic 12 dollar webcam, to this webcam which i manage to purchase on sale. First of all, when i attached the webcam i thought it was blurry. But, there is a circular cover over the lens that swivels, and it allows you to focus accordingly, after the desire focus it is very clear. In the day time the colors are vivid and magnificent due to the natural lighting provided by the sun, but when it comes to night time the default settings become dark, blue, and dim even with a artificial light. Thats why there are many programs that allow you to change the settings to a desire color, ie Manycams. Therefore, it may not be the best cup of tea for someone who is using a webcam for the first time. But overall, if you can figure how to adjust the focus, and colors it is a quite remarkable webcam if u purchase it around 20 dollars. Exterior: I found the webcam to be a bit bulky compare to my previous camera, and the clip was an innovative design but it lacked the ability to clip on my monitor. However, its base is an excellent that i place it on the shelf above it. The movement of the camera is wonderful, it allows low and high angles in ease, and is very adjustable. It looks somewhat appealing, but the top of the webcam has a button that opens up windows live, which becomes annoying if you hit it when adjusting the camera. As for the microphone, its not the highest quality but its good as long as there is no background noise. Verdict: For a person who uses their webcam nearly 24/7 to connect with friends, its a great camera with good picture quality, and a strong built. However, I recommend it if its on sale. Reviewed by TechSushi

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing webcam

    Posted
    Dexter999

    The new VX-3000 is one of the best webcams I've used. I considered the $99 VX-6000, too, but decided it was too expensive for my needs. The best thing with the VX-3000, compared to Logitech and Creative models, is it does *not* install tons of hidden drivers, hidden DLLs, and hidden spyware; the Logitech and Creative installation utilities place tons of hidden stuff on your hard drive. The VX-3000's was a very clean installation. I use Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN Messenger 9.0) so I get seamless integration, although I've seen people use it painlessly with Skype. It has the best webcam image quality I've seen. Windows Live Messenger has been rated by various PC magazines to be the best video chat client software, and I always had good results with Creative and Logitech cameras in the past (using MSN Messenger, which has been rebranded as Windows Live Messenger, or WLM). The VX-3000 bests them all in terms of ease of use and video quality. The built-in mic is also lightyears ahead of the yesteryear models.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1st Webcam ever, Good choice

    Posted
    LilVolume

    I saw a friend of mine stream video to me of him playing Guitar Hero 3. I thought it was cool, so he said he was using a webcam...So I figured I'd buy one. His webcam got bad reviews so I found this on sale for 34.99. It is excellent. This is my first webcam, and I love it. I used to use my digital camera for me taking vids of Guitar Hero but now I can just plug this in, set it up, and take videos. If I don't like it, I just delete it. They are decent quality vids, and the sound is simply unreal. The effects you can put in are funny too, such as a Cat, or a Parrot, just sitting there. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get the camera set up for good videos (I tweaked the setting for the TV). This WebCam is NOT compatible for use of the PlayStation3, for those looking for a cheap webcam for use of PS3 chatting. Though I was not buying this webcam for this use, it would've been cool. If you are new to webcams, and you want a moderately cheap good quality webcam, Pick this up. It wouldn't disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Webcam!

    Posted
    MorganS

    This is a really good webcam for the price. The picture quality is the best I've seen for a camera in this price range. I ended up buying a few webcams in the past week because none of them were working with Vista or they were just poor quality, so I guess I kind of tested them. One that I bought was a Creative for about $55 and it sucked! Everytime you stepped up close to the camera the picture turned all white and blurry, not to mention the software didn't completely install into my computer. At least this one comes from Microsoft who makes Vista so they work in tandem. The only drawback was that as soon as I put the disk in it promted me to go to Microsoft's website to update a program or something or else the camera wouldn't work on my computer. Overall this is by far the best webcam I have bought and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has Vista.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant design!

    Posted
    JustinBP

    This camera replaced a much cheaper GE on my desktop at home. The GE had a clip design, which wasn't wide enough to fit on my late-model IBM flat panel. In addition, the picture was very grainy in our low-light computer room. Setup was easy. The instructions were to install the software before plugging in the device, but I'm not sure why. In any case, it was smooth and I was up and running in minutes. I didn't even need to restart my computer. I absolutely love the unique stand on this webcam. It is clear that a lot of thought went into its design, and the end result is brilliant, IMHO. The camera rests stylishly on my monitor and boasts a beautifully clear picture, even with the lack of a bright light. The device will primarily be used for Skype, so that I can communicate with my parents while at college. I wholeheartedly trust Microsoft. Would definitely recommend this product line to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value for the money

    Posted
    Luv2GetADeal

    The video quality is really pretty good considering this is a very inexpensive webcam. The exception being the actual mic pick up. When you properly place the webcam (to get your best angle), it's possible too far away to pick up your voice. Yelling doesn't make you look good either. My solution was to hook up a separate mic, however, a mic with a strong pickup will loop back. In other words, sometimes the mic is picking up what the speakers play. I hear this when I webcam with my sister, her webcam is installed in her laptop. I'm sure the best way to web cam would be through headsets with separate mics & camera's, but for $40, I can overlook some minor issues until I work out the best solution. It is truly a 5-10 minute easy set up. No computer degree required. All in all, a great buy! : )

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    constant buzzing sound

    Posted
    yomamaji

    I use this camera for skype, yahoo IM, and windows live and have vista, so this might not apply to people not under those circumstances, but for me, this camera had a BUUZZZ sound. My friend on the other end said that it was unbearable. Plus the call button only works for windows, so if you're using it for something else, like skype, the call button doesn't do anything. Plus the webcam stand thing is very shaky. Back to the bbuuzzz thing, whenever i used this thing, there was always a buzz sound. I even heard it myself when i recorded the sound, on the software that came with the camera, skype sound test, and yahoo sound test. THERE WAS ALWAYS A BUZZING SOUND.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Vista Problems

    Posted
    Skiman270

    I purchased this camera and was excited to get it home. I followed all the installation instructions perfectly (many, many times). The camera worked fine with Windows live, but the software it came with would not work. I even downloaded the update from Microsoft, but still no luck. It would start to open and then say, lifecam.exe is closing - that's it. I did a search for lifecam.exe to see if anyone else was having this problem. Do a search for lifecam.exe and you'll see all the problems out there with this camera and Vista. Trying to talk to someone at Microsoft support was like pulling teeth and I'm no dentist . . . so I'm taking it back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this, let me explain...

    Posted
    genevieve609

    When I used the camera I even tried holding the camera right to my face and could still barely hear myself when I had the volume on full blast on my computer. In addition to that the picture is dark and fuzzy, I will normally not return purchases because it is such a hassle but this was ridiculous. I returned it and got the Dynex 1.3 MP Webcam at Best Buy and it is amazing!! So many more functions, way higher quality picture, actually has folders for video footage and the sound is excellent - AND it's cheaper. Don't wast your time or money on this microsoft piece of junk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft LifeCam 3000 Major disappointment

    Posted
    paigeatbestbuy

    I annoy more people with the sounds this thing makes in their ears than anything. It's either feedback or static, rarely my voice at all. Huge disappointment from a brand I thought was solid. DO NOT BUY. Conversations even w/o the video are disappointing. When I run the same program (skype) on my own computer with another device, quality improves instantly.) I buy a ton of electronic/computer equipment (and notice I can spell. I love reviews riddled with typos/misspellings). I am not a rookie. This thing is frankly a piece of junk. (Love Best Buy though)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice picture quality

    Posted
    Austinomic

    This was my first webcam.I found it easy to install and use. It really does have good features, that even I as a beginner learned to use with ease.The only trouble I have with this is while I am on Windows live messenger I cannot seem to use it chatting with someone from Yahoo messenger.Other than that it seems to be a great product.I am pleased and will say that this webcam is well worth the price and has excellent webcam quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product for the $

    Posted
    cpjp

    I really like this webcam. We are first time webcammers! We are using it for our kids to talk to grandparents and it works great. We had bought a different brand prior to this one and had great difficulty with the microphone and it not staying adjusted. This was really easy...literally load the software, plug it in and use it. My parents have the same one and it works just the same for them (and they are not technical people at all!). I'm sure there are better picture quality cams out there, but for the money, it is perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I ot exactly what I expected.

    Posted
    chinee

    I was looking for an affordable webcam and got exactly that. For $40 I was not expecting out-of-this-world image and sound, but something that works well on my desktop for Sunday morning video conversations, and this webcam delivers exactly that. If you are looking for a better picture, or a higher quality mic, you will have to spend more than $40... this webcam is not the best out there, but it's not priced high either. A solid performer a that delivers as advertised.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT CAM, MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME.

    Posted
    DurhamBlues

    I travel around the country at times and have to leave my family behind. As a family person I miss my family heavily and this cam allows me to feel close to my family. I used this cam from Las Vegas recently and the quality was absolutely amazing. Color and frames per second are great. One great thing is it works with instant messaging programs so it's very easy to implement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    HPGurl

    I have a HP Pavilion Media Center computer that my husband surprised me with two years ago, after my gateway after 8 years had stayed by through high school and college. He got me this webcam for the computer thats runs on WIndows Vista Premium..and I LOVE IT, best webcam Ive EVER owned.. Ive never tried running it on any other windows editions so I dont know if it is compatible with anything else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cheap cheap

    Posted
    Bouvette

    A poorly built camera like most MS products. The image capture is OK but the microphone never works well. It always gives a buzzing background noise that makes your voice inaudible. The camera is thus impossible to call via Skype or to do anything else that requires the microphone. I am on my way to buy a Logitech cam because I have one on my laptop and it works great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best WebCam Ever!!!

    Posted
    PreciousBuggy

    This Cam is the best Ive had so far. Because of its superior video and photo quality, I have actually been told by my friends over the net, that I look better on webcam than my pics. lol!! Its easy to install and all features are amazing. Besides its outstanding quality, it's priced very affordable. So, you definitely get your moneys worth plus more with this cam!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of Money.

    Posted
    MPHONEBUYER

    I bought this to webcam with family over the net. It worked perfectly fine only until I rebooted my computer. After that, it was as useless as a fork in a bowl of soup. For whatever reason, it just stopped working and Microsoft has absolutely no solution to the problem. If you want something great, spend a little more money, or just visit your family in person.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this webcam

    Posted
    Rhianne

    This is the easiest webcam I have ever used. It makes pretty decent snapshots even in low light conditions and it works really good for a cheaper priced webcam. The built in microphone is really good too. The software is easy to install and easy to use. It makes pretty good video clips too with sound. I'm really happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Returned it quickly!

    Posted
    jrjd

    Bought this camera plus the MS LifeCam Cinema and there is really no comparrison in the quality of the cameras. I returned this one immediately and bought four more of the LifeCam Cinema. The picutre on this model is fuzzy and terrible in any light where the LifeCam Cinema pops up right away in perfect focus and works great in very minimal light.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend